Therapy device helps patient recover from shoulder injuries
A new patented therapy device is designed to help patients recovering from shoulder surgeries by providing a new take on traditional shoulder pulleys. The SLINGPROM can provide patients with a more comfortable way to perform the Passive Range of Motion (PROM) shoulder exercises recommended to help them recover from surgery.
Shoulder injuries are a particularly common ailment among adults in the United States. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 2 million people suffer went to their doctors for rotator cuff and shoulder injuries in 2008, the last year data was available. Additionally, 3 to 5 percent of the overall population suffers from adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, each year.
According to its website, the SLINGPROM works by decreasing the intensity of the stress on rotator cuff muscles by helping the patient to relax. A less guarded patient will not be as conscious of the injury and therefore, in less pain, allowing him or her to increase the range of motion exercises that will ultimately rehabilitate the ailment.
"The SLINGPROM is a great device to achieve optimal patient relaxation, in order to maximize range of motion improvements," said Rich Klein, a physical therapist in New York. "It is very effective for postoperative treatment after rotator cuff repairs, as well as non-operative conditions such as adhesive capsulitis."
Helping a patient to expand his PROM activities with the SLINGPROM is an essential part of the responsibilities of a traveling physical therapist. Traditionally, receiving PROM treatment at home requires expensive machines. The SLINGPROM eliminates this, allowing the traveling physical therapist to come in and help the patient with simple exercises. According to Livestrong, these exercises can improve a shoulder's mobility and, more importantly, reduce the number of adhesions and the amount of scar tissue that builds up after an injury.
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